Gun trolls attack Mother Jones editor over Chris Kyle

Mother Jones co-editor Clara Jeffery tweeted about the murder of the former SEAL. The gun fanatics got ugly, fast

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Gun trolls attack Mother Jones editor over Chris Kyle

Shortly after the news broke that Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL and “American Sniper” author, was shot and killed at a Central Texas gun range on Saturday, Mother Jones co-editor Clara Jeffrey took to Twitter to make the point that even an expertly trained sniper couldn’t prevent gun violence:

Moments after publishing the comment, fanatics came out in full force to threaten and harass Jeffrey for suggesting that guns don’t, in fact, make us safer. After receiving a few threatening tweets, Jeffrey tried to clarify her point:

And clarify it again:

But still the vitriol poured in. The responses to Jeffrey’s comments became so frequent, and so ugly, that she began retweeting them on her timeline. The tweets provide a glimpse at the dark, and so often violent, tone of the public debate on gun control in the United States:





Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at

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